Barack Obama and Invesco Field's Balloon Payment

Back in November, when the Democratic National Convention Committee held its walk-through at the Pepsi Center for the national media, Leah Daughtry, DNCC chief of staff, stood before hundreds of reporters and pointed to a bunch of balloons hovering above the floor. That, she said, was where the Democratic presidential candidate -- whose identity at that point was very much up in the air, like the balloons -- would stand for the acceptance speech.

The long-anticipated transformation of the Pepsi Center into the site of the Democratic National Convention was slated to start at 8 a.m. today, July 7, but before the first hammer started swinging, DNC chair Howard Dean announced that Barack Obama would deliver his acceptance speech not at the Pepsi Center, but at Invesco Field at Mile High -- which can hold 55,000 more people.

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